Veteran German striker Mario Gomez on Sunday announced his retirement from international football.Gomez, who scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for Germany, said on Facebook: “I had a very good conversation with the national coach.”For me, the World Cup in Russia was a huge dream come true. Although the miserable departure in the preliminary round has us all deeply disappointed.”For all my career I was allowed to play for the German national team. But when I had to watch injured in 2014, I finally realized how much I missed the team and what a great honour it is for me to be able to play for such a team.”With the European Championship 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, I was allowed to participate in two other major tournaments. For that I feel the greatest gratitude, even if the expectations at the last tournament could not be fulfilled.”Unfortunately you can not always leave the field as a winner.”My time in the national team was not always easy, not always successful and yet beautiful! I have met many people with whom I will remain very attached.”But now is the time to make room and give the many young and highly talented boys the opportunity to fulfil their dream, to prove themselves, to gain experience and to achieve the best for Germany.Gomez said he would only come back if Germany’s coach sees a need “for improbable reasons” at the 2020 European Championship.The 33-year-old Stuttgart player is the second to retire from Germany’s national team after its embarrassing showing in Russia.advertisementArsenal’s Mesut Ozil, amid lingering controversy over a pre-tournament photo with Turkey’s president, quit last month in an angry announcement criticizing Germany’s football federation, fans and media for what he termed racism toward people with Turkish roots.